Positional breakdown: Starting over at PG
Talk about out with the old and in with the new. It wasn't without trying to keep the status quo; the Mavericks thought they had Jason Kidd locked up with a three-year, $9 million deal once Deron Williams decided to stay with the Brooklyn Nets. But at the last minute Kidd decided he wanted to finish his career in the Big Apple and try to conquer the dysfunction that defines the New York Knicks. This actually might have been a blessing for the Mavs, who were fully prepared to send the declining 39-year-old back on the floor as the starting point guard for another season, if not more. Once Kidd made up his mind up to flee and Steve Nash, another former Mavs point guard, remarkably joined Kobe Bryant, the Mavs' front office set out to find the point guard of the future -- or at least the point guard for next season.
How it came together
Glenn James/Getty ImagesThe Mavs couldn't score Deron Williams and saw Jason Kidd get away, triggering a search for the team's next point guard.
Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty ImagesDarren Collison provides the Mavs with more scoring options, although his numbers have dipped.
The Pacers decided Collison had run his course with them and opted to give a long-term contract instead to George Hill and trade for Texas-ex D.J. Augustin. Collison started most of last season but came off the bench in all 11 playoff games and played well. After a fantastic rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets when he impressed in taking over for the injured Chris Paul, Collison's scoring, assists and shooting percentage have fallen off. In fact his 2011-12 PER, the John Hollinger-created statistic that measures per-minute performance while adjusting for pace, was just 13.58, below the league average of 15.00. For comparison's sake, Deron Williams' PER last season was a sturdy 20.27. Ramon Sessions was 17.32 and Ricky Rubio was 14.70. The good news of sorts is that Collison's PER was better than Kidd's 12.82. Collison has never been a terrific assist man and has basically maintained a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. ... West is a solid backup, but he's dealt with injury issues for much of his eight-year career, including last season when he gruesomely broke the ring finger on his right hand reaching for a steal and missed 22 games. West can create his own shot by either getting to the rim or pulling up for a mid-range jumper, but he's averaged fewer than four assists a game in his career. ... For all the Mavs' desires to turn Beaubois into a point guard, the jury is still out and he could be running out of time. Since his foot injury, he has been reluctant to drive and his shooting percentages have plummeted. ... Dominique Jones, another combo guard, is working at point guard and played there during Summer League with mixed results. The former first-round pick wouldn't seem to have much of a shot at cracking the rotation.
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